2600 IRC server offline indefinitely

Tuesday, 18 June 2002, 11:15 AM EST

It's rather ironic that hackers are constantly blamed for DoS attacks when they, like many Internet users, are often the victims. We have, for the moment anyway, lost a major forum of communications for the hacker community. It doesn't much matter if this was orchestrated by a bored individual or some sort of government conspiracy - the result is the same. Voices are silenced, communication becomes all the harder, any semblance of community is wiped away. There are those who will view the dismantling of our network as a good thing and it's those people whose interests were served by these attacks - attacks which required no computer skills and had nothing at all to do with hacking.

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